Friday, October 23, 2009
Endorsements, Bloggers & The Federal Trade Commission: New Rules
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") has just released new rules and guidelines that will govern the disclosures advertisers must make about endorsements contained in their ads and any payments that are made by the advertiser for the endorsement. The rules include bloggers and place a greater duty on celebrity endorsers to be truthful about their connection to products they endorse. Here is a brief FTC summary of the new guidelines. Our initial thoughts about the new rules: be upfront and disclose who is really behind the advertisement, blog, etc. This is going to be interesting and challenging. More to follow.